October 20, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 42
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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Justin Timberlake skips Seattle on first leg of tour; Dierks Bentley releases new CD; Barbra Streisand offers meet n' greets for 50K; Brett Dennen is on the rise
Seattle not on Timberlake's first round of concert dates
Justin Timberlake is coming to a stadium not near you. That is, if you're in the Seattle area. The two-time Grammy winner announced a batch of concert dates for early 2007, launching January 8 in San Diego. Unfortunately, Seattle is not on the list. The Northwest market, which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho and the British Columbia province, is completely left off the itinerary, leading me to believe a second round of shows will be announced at a later date. But it means we won't be seeing Timberlake in Seattle until late spring, if he decides to extend his tour. The pop superstar, adored by Gay men for his music and cute boy-next-door looks, released his sophomore solo effort in September, entitled Futuresex/Lovesounds. The first single from the album, "SexyBack", has been atop the Billboard singles chart for several weeks and the follow-up track, "My Love", is headed to number one very soon. Timberlake has chosen Pink as an opening act for his tour, said to be an in-the-round production, making every seat a good seat.

Dierks Bentley celebrates new CD, national tour, and CMA nomination
Ever wonder which major recording artists are the nicest and Gay friendliest? Without a doubt, Dierks Bentley is on that list. The curly-haired country hottie is one of the sweetest "dudes" I've ever met during my time as a music writer. No inflated ego, no pretentiousness about him, and no need for star treatment if you ever meet him in-person. He's an extremely polite guy with a great sense of humor, and a huge pet lover (he adores his dog Jake). And somewhere in his home, on the outskirts of Nashville, Bentley has a clipping of the Seattle Gay News pinned on a wall or pasted in a scrapbook. He requested that it be hand-delivered to him last year when he performed a sold out concert at The Showbox in downtown Seattle.

Bentley, a Male Vocalist of the Year nominee at next month's CMA Awards, just released his third album entitled Long Trip Alone. To introduce fans to fresh material, Bentley gave nationally televised performances this week on the "Today" show and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien". Those wanting more (and who wouldn't?) are packing sports arenas around the country to see and hear the Phoenix-bred artist perform live. Seattle folks can check him out December 1 at the Everett Events Center. Tickets are available at the EEC box office, online at, or by calling 1-866-332-8499. See you at the show!

Babs extends meet n' greets to fans at a steep price
Wanna meet Barbra Streisand in-person? It's easy. Write the diva a check for fifty. Not fifty dollars. Fifty thousand dollars! That's right, the Donna Karen-clad singer is asking fans to pay 50K for an "all access" pass to meet her in-person during her national tour, and have up to four souvenirs personally autographed, plus get a snapshot taken alongside her. Cash or check accepted. Not sure about credit cards, house mortgages, tropical timeshares, antique furniture, or arms and legs. But you never know. Money collected will go to the Streisand Foundation, which distributes funds to various charities including the William Jefferson Clinton Climate Initiative (whatever that is). Here's the burning question. Would you pay 50K to meet Barbra Streisand? Not me. But if she throws in a hot tub party with her stepson Josh Brolin, I'm there.

Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen opened concerts for John Mayer and Sheryl Crow
Brett Dennen is a new singer-songwriter you'll be hearing more about in the near future in the Seattle Gay News. He drew a big crowd to his performance at this year's Bumbershoot festival and opened the John Mayer-Sheryl Crow show at White River Amphitheatre in late September. In fact, it was Mayer who asked Dennen to join the tour after seeing him perform live at LA's Hotel Café. Dennen is a native of Northern California and loves coming to Seattle. When the redheaded twentysomething was in town two weeks ago, as part of a multiple artist lineup at The Crocodile Café, we sat down for beers (he drank wine) and chatted about a number of things, but mainly music and his album So Much More. Dennen will appeal to fans of Jason Mraz, Joshua Radin, Jack Johnson, and Matt Costa. Ear-sample his work on MySpace or YouTube, and stay glued to the Seattle Gay News in the coming weeks for a one-on-one interview with Brett Dennen.

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